November 2013

Military members worried about future of commissaries

11/27/2013 - Military members worried about future of commissaries

Due to the sequester and recent government shutdown, the military has been facing a lack of funding for some of its essential base operations, including commissaries. read more »

Texas to provide benefits to same-sex military couples

11/27/2013 - Texas to provide benefits to same-sex military couples

After resisting for several months, the Texas Military Forces, which include the Texas National Guard and Reserves, announced Nov. 26 that it will allow servicemembers who are currently in same-sex marriages to apply for dependent benefits. read more »

Photo series captures Britain's remaining WWI veterans

11/27/2013 - Photo series captures Britain's remaining WWI veterans

A British photographer set out on a nearly impossible task in 2005 - to capture the faces of the last living veterans of World War I. read more »

Legal battle sparks between two veterans groups

11/27/2013 - Legal battle sparks between two veterans groups

Two veterans organizations have found themselves facing off in a defamation lawsuit. read more »

Military donates vehicles to local police forces

11/27/2013 - Military donates vehicles to local police forces

Local police squads will now be equipped with vehicles armed with bullet-proof glass and gun turrets, courtesy of the Defense Department. read more »

New law secures benefits for Michigan veterans

11/26/2013 - New law secures benefits for Michigan veterans

Michigan veterans with disabilities will now be exempt from paying property taxes on their main residencies as a result of new legislation. read more »

Huntington Beach bar fights to save veterans sign

11/26/2013 - Huntington Beach bar fights to save veterans sign

Johnny Saloon's, a mainstay in the sunny surfside city of Huntington Beach, Calif., is currently trying to save its iconic marquee that proclaims support for American veterans. read more »

Air Force official addresses benefits costs

11/26/2013 - Air Force official addresses benefits costs

A top Air Force official warned this week that the steady increase in pay and benefits costs could be harmful to the overall function of the military branch in the future, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. read more »

West Virginia sees increase in veterans homelessness

11/26/2013 - West Virginia sees increase in veterans homelessness

Despite a slight drop in overall homelessness in West Virginia, a recent report found that there are now more veterans without permanent shelter in the Mountain State. read more »

When will the military have driverless vehicles?

11/26/2013 - When will the military have driverless vehicles?

Although the military began developing technology for driverless vehicles in 2003, Mashable recently reported that the project has fallen behind of its 2015 deadline. read more »

Catholic priest presses on with lawsuit against Defense Department

11/25/2013 - Catholic priest presses on with lawsuit against Defense Department

A New Jersey-based priest who filed lawsuit with the Department of Defense is pressing on to protect chaplains from being furloughed during future federal closures. read more »

New Jersey hospital recruits veterans for health care counseling

11/25/2013 - New Jersey hospital recruits veterans for health care counseling

Thanks to a $1.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New Jersey Hospital Association will now be able to help uninsured Americans gain health care coverage while also providing employment opportunities for former servicemembers. read more »

Senate delays discussion on military sexual assault

11/25/2013 - Senate delays discussion on military sexual assault

Following a heated debate, the Senate has postponed its vote on proposed legislation to curb sexual assault in the military. read more »

New report shows overall increases in Pentagon budget

11/25/2013 - New report shows overall increases in Pentagon budget

A recent report by Military Times found that the defense budget has been increasing across the board since 2001, leading critics to question the Pentagon's claims that military and civilian personnel are the main cause of the spike in military spending. read more »

Pennsylvania veterans honor late servicemembers through volunteering

11/25/2013 - Pennsylvania veterans honor late servicemembers through volunteering

A group of Pennsylvania-area veterans have been volunteering their time to lay to rest late servicemembers with a proper military funeral. read more »

Utah legislature approves benefits for discharged veterans

11/25/2013 - Utah legislature approves benefits for discharged veterans

New legislation could grant Utah veterans who received either honorable or general discharge benefits and services from the state. read more »

What are the best colleges for veterans?

11/22/2013 - What are the best colleges for veterans?

U.S. News & World Report recently released its rankings of the top colleges and universities for veterans for its 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. read more »

Veteran homelessness drops significantly

11/22/2013 - Veteran homelessness drops significantly

A new investigation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that veteran homelessness decreased by 24 percent since 2010. read more »

Dental insurance now available through VA

11/21/2013 - Dental insurance now available through VA

Veterans and their family members who are currently enrolled in VA health care are now eligible for dental insurance. read more »

DOD releases online education guide for wounded warriors

11/21/2013 - DOD releases online education guide for wounded warriors

This week, the Department of Defense announced the launch of a new online program that will help servicemembers and veterans with traumatic brain injuries continue their higher education. read more »

Veterans travel to Illinois to help tornado victims

11/21/2013 - Veterans travel to Illinois to help tornado victims

About 50 veterans will travel to Washington, Ill., this week to provide disaster relief services to the tornado-ravaged town, NPR reported. read more »

Military car insurance available through new online system

11/21/2013 - Military car insurance available through new online system

A new website has made military car insurance more accessible for active-duty servicemembers looking for auto coverage. read more »

Palo Alto VA uses dogs as a source of therapy

11/21/2013 - Palo Alto VA uses dogs as a source of therapy

The Men's Trauma Recovery Program at the Palo Alto VA Hospital has introduced a new form of therapy to its rehabilitation system - man's best friend. read more »

Are VA hospitals providing veterans with the care they need?

11/20/2013 - Are VA hospitals providing veterans with the care they need?

Are long waits and delays in treatment at VA hospitals putting veterans at risk? A recent investigation conducted by CNN showed that just might be the case. read more »

Military relatives no longer fear deportation

11/19/2013 - Military relatives no longer fear deportation

Family members of U.S. military personnel received some relief last week with a recent announcement from the Department of Homeland Security. read more »

Veterans help each other through Massachusetts program

11/19/2013 - Massachusetts program lets Veterans help one another

A newly opened outreach center in Fitchburg, Mass., is lending a helping hand to veterans with the help of those who've been through it before. read more »

Texas National Guard continues to defy Pentagon

11/19/2013 - Texas National Guard continues to defy Pentagon

Although the Department of Defense changed its policy last summer regarding spousal benefits for same-sex military couples, the National Guard and Reserves in several states have been resistant to adopt the new system. read more »

Why don't veterans seek health care options?

11/19/2013 - Why don't veterans seek health care options?

Both the VA and nonprofit organizations provide many health care options for veterans, yet oftentimes, those who need assistance the most do not ask for help. read more »

Naval carrier reaches Philippines

11/15/2013 - Naval carrier reaches Philippines

After being commissioned by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this week, the USS George Washington reached the Philippines Nov. 14. read more »

Military insurance holders miss out on health care benefit

11/15/2013 - Military insurance holders miss out on health care benefit

Servicemembers, veterans and military family members who are currently covered by TRICARE are exempt from an important provision of the Affordable Care Act, Opposing Views reported. read more »

Hospice honors veterans in touching ceremony

11/14/2013 - Hospice honors veterans in touching ceremony

A North Carolina hospice held a memorial service this week for current veterans and those the facility once cared for. read more »

Naval museum to display historic Cold War sub

11/14/2013 - Naval museum to display historic Cold War sub

The Navy's deepest-diving submarine, which conducted both research and covert military operations along the ocean floor during the Cold War is making its return to Connecticut. read more »

U.S. military to provide aid to typhoon victims

11/13/2013 - U.S. military to provide aid to typhoon victims

Following the devastation caused by a massive typhoon that hit the Philippines last weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has commissioned a Naval aircraft carrier to provide disaster relief to the country and its residents. read more »

NBC designs career site for veterans

11/13/2013 - NBC designs career site for veterans

In a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, NBCUniversal launched a new career website designed specifically for former servicemembers. read more »

Who are the most military-friendly employers?

11/11/2013 - Who are the most military-friendly employers?

In time for Veterans Day, Victory Media released its 11th annual report of the most military-friendly private-sector companies in the U.S. read more »

Michelle Obama honors servicemembers, veterans

11/11/2013 - Michelle Obama honors servicemembers, veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, first lady Michelle Obama, along with Dr. Jill Biden, thanked members of the military for their service in an Op-Ed featured in several military newspapers. read more »

Military housing allowance might be at risk

11/8/2013 - Military housing allowance might be at risk for cuts

Military families are currently preparing for the worst, as housing allowances for servicemembers might be on the chopping block if cuts to defense spending continue, the Wall Street Journal reported. read more »

Veterans unemployment rates vary from state to state

11/8/2013 - Veterans unemployment rates vary from state to state

While the unemployment rate for veterans is lower than that of the overall population, certain states are faring better than others when it comes to hiring former servicemembers. read more »

Top defense officials speak out against budget cuts

11/8/2013 - Top defense officials speak out against budget cuts

Several of the Pentagon's top military chiefs addressed members of Congress this week to outline the ways defense spending cuts enacted by the sequester will harm the military in the long run, The Washington Post reported. read more »

Military families to cut back on Thanksgiving dinners

11/7/2013 - Military families to cut back on Thanksgiving dinners

Military families are sticking to a budget this Thanksgiving, according to a new survey conducted by First Command Financial Behaviors Index. read more »

Starbucks implements hiring plan for veterans

11/6/2013 - Starbucks implements hiring plan for veterans

Starbucks announced a new plan this week that will help servicemembers returning from active duty, as well as their spouses, find steady employment. read more »

VA keeps veterans seeking mental health treatment waiting

11/5/2013 - VA keeps veterans seeking mental health treatment waiting

New data from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that former servicemembers in need of treatment for mental illness continue to face delays in receiving counseling and medication. read more »

Marine Corps limits tuition benefits

11/5/2013 - Marine Corps limits tuition benefits

New restrictions to the Marine Corps tuition assistance program will impact current servicemembers and those who are still in training, Stars and Stripes reported. read more »

Defense security clearance under review

11/4/2013 - Defense security clearance under review

Security clearance at the Pentagon and other defense agencies is currently under review due to the September shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., the American Forces Press Services stated.  read more »

Hagel reprimands states not following same-sex benefits policy

11/1/2013 - Hagel reprimands states going against same-sex benefits policy

During his speech at the Anti-Defamation League centennial dinner, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his disappointment in the National Guard state affiliates that are blocking the spousal benefits now available for same-sex military couples. read more »

John Kerry establishes new veteran partnership

11/1/2013 - John Kerry establishes new veteran partnership

As the unemployment rate for veterans who recently returned from service lingers at 10 percent, the federal government has been searching for ways to help former servicemembers succeed in the workforce. read more »